Ubuntu Mini-RAM HOWTO

Bob Nielsen nielsen at oz.net
Mon Mar 28 03:30:04 UTC 2005

On Sun, Mar 27, 2005 at 08:55:03PM -0500, mdmcginn wrote:
> I got the following message when I installed icewm, and it gave me an
> idea:
> Setting up icewm (1.2.18-1ubuntu1) ...
> Checking available versions of x-window-manager, updating links in
> /etc/alternat ives ...
> (You may modify the symlinks there yourself if desired - see `man
> ln'.)
> Leaving x-window-manager (/usr/bin/x-window-manager) pointing to
> /usr/bin/metacity.
> Leaving x-window-manager.1.gz
> (/usr/share/man/man1/x-window-manager.1.gz) pointing to
> /usr/share/man/man1/metacity.1.gz.
> So, after installing xfwm4, I switched my desktop from Gnome/metacity
> to xfwm4 by running the following command in a root terminal:
> ln -is /usr/bin/xfwm4 usr/bin/x-window-manager

A better way would be to run 'update-alternatives --config 
x-window-manager', choose xfwm4, and let the system manage the 
symlinks, which would keep /etc/alternatives in the loop.

> I restarted by pressing Ctrl Alt Backspace, typed in "startx" and
> suddently I was using xfwm4. I clicked on the Settings icon and changed
> the background (centered) to
> /usr/share/ubuntu-artwork/home/ubuntuheader.png 
> Now my desktop actually looks like a competent Ubuntu
> mini-installation. It was the logo that did it. I still need to set up
> more shortcuts to launch favorite programs.
> -- 
> mdmcginn

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